COON RAPIDS – Maren Aikens more than held her own in her first round at a state tournament.

The Rochester John Marshall sophomore was consistent throughout her 18 holes at Bunker Hills Golf Course on Tuesday. She opened with a 42 on the front nine of the par-72 course and closed with a 42 on the back nine.

Her first-round 84 (12-over par) left Aikens in a tie for 41st place entering today’s final round.

Aikens started her round with a par. She had one double-bogey in her round and had no worse than a bogey on any other hole. She finished with a birdie, five pars, 11 bogeys and one double-bogey. Her birdie came at a great time – on her final hole of the day. She made a 3 on the par-4 18th hole to send her into today’s final round on a high note.

Aikens will tee off at 1:03 p.m. today, starting her round on tee No. 1 in a foursome that includes three juniors – Ally Chan of Minnetonka, Avery Sawchuk from Burnsville and Ciara O’Connor of Alexandria.

Simley’s Isabella McCauley leads the meet, shooting a 5-under 67 on Tuesday. Roseville’s Vunnisa Vu is second at 70. Chanhassen leads the team scoring at 309, followed by Roseville at 313. Section champion Lakeville North is seventh at 341.

MOGER SITS AT +12

Rochester Mayo’s Layke Moger opened his state-tournament experience with a solid 12-over par 84 on Tuesday. That places him in a tie for 79th after one round.

Moger, who had five pars and a birdie on Tuesday, was scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. today on tee No. 1.

St. Thomas Academy leads the team total with a strong 4-over par 292. Edina and Waconia are tied for second at 297.

Logan Hamak from Sartell, Brock Winter of Stillwater and Connor Glynn of Waconia are tied atop the individual leaderboard at 2-under par 70.

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Jason has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter and columnist since 2004 and covers high school football, volleyball, softball, golf, hockey, junior hockey and auto racing. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota.